oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam)

  • Medical Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

GENERIC NAME: oxazepam




USES: Oxazepam is used to treat anxiety and symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.


  • Use of oxazepam for a prolonged period of time can cause physical dependence. Suddenly stopping treatment after a few months of daily use may be associated with withdrawal symptoms including a feeling of loss of self-worth, agitation, difficulty sleeping (insomnia), seizures, muscle cramps, vomiting, and sweating. In order to avoid withdrawal symptoms, the dose of oxazepam should be tapered (decreased) slowly over time.


The most common side effects associated with oxazepam treatment are

Other side effects include

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